MSA were recently contacted by a recycling company Waste Initiatives. They had a client who needed prompt assistance with collecting unwanted tramp iron and metal fragments in their waste production lines.
After assessing their application and a number of possible solutions, it was decided that the most effective action to take was to install a high intensity, rare earth magnet pulley. The company had an existing head pulley available so they sent it to MSA for the addition of their special ‘magnetic pulley lagging’.
This system causes no disruption to the process line, but instead of dropping contaminates into the same bin as the clean material, the pulley carries the contaminates underneath the conveyer belt and drops them off into separate bin underneath the head pulley.
This was met with high praise from Managing Director Peter Smith, who says “We recently needed a Magnetic Pulley with a very quick turnaround. When we started making enquiries, many companies couldn’t make one or import one in less than a month. We made contact with MSA Magnetics and couldn’t believe the difference! They discussed the situation with us and gained an understanding of what we needed to do. We were able to make a simple Pulley and ship to MSA overnight. They had promised a 3-day turnaround to convert the Pulley to a Magnetic Pulley… we had it back on a truck within 24 hrs! I have no hesitation in recommending MSA for their high level of expert and professional assistance and engineering, quality workmanship and most of all, exceptional service”.
MSA provides complete new magnetic head pulley solutions OR magnetic lagging upgrades to your existing pulleys, any width and any diameter above 150mm.
DO THE LIFTING PRACTICES IN YOUR FACTORY GIVE UNNECESSARY STRAIN TO YOUR WORKERS?
A large Sydney-based bakery (name withheld) recently contacted MSA regarding a problem they had with lifting large metal billets out of lathe chuck jaws in their maintenance workshop. The heavy 18+ kg billets were being transported by slings, a method which held many WHS risks:
- Unnecessary strain on staff as they bent at uncomfortable angles to remove the heavy billets.
- Risk of billet falling out of the sling due to insufficient holding surface area.
- Damage and wear to the slings posed a huge safety risk if they unexpectedly broke.
- Risk of billet falling out of the sling cradle due to it not being designed to hold a workpiece offset.
These slings would often lift between 20 – 500 kg of weight and although tested every 3-6 months, were still not considered the ‘best practice’ as manual loading of weights into the sling was still necessary.
The bakery researched the various types of lifting methods and concluded that the MAGSWITCH MLAY1000x4 heavy lifting magnet was the answer to their problems.
The MLAY1000x4 is a switchable magnet that has been specially designed for use in workshop environments to aid in the lifting of heavy ferrous materials, with a holding strength of up to 591 kgs (1,300 lbs) with a 3:1 SWL. It is lighter and stronger than competitive shunting switchable magnets, eliminates the strain that the slings were causing the bakery workers and greatly reduces the WHS risks that the slings held.
The customer provided MSA with the justification document in which they highlighted the benefits the MLAY1000x4 held for their applications:
- “Far less prone to damage and failure
- Quick and easy setup and to operate
- Can lift vertically instead of horizontally
- Allow slings to be kept for machined work and non-ferrous handling, reduces wear and tear on the slings
- Latest Safety two press finger latch to activate/de-activate magnet arm (prevents unintentional switched off)”
After purchasing and installing their new Magswitch lifting magnet, the bakery workers now experience a much safer work environment, and it has increased productivity due to the decrease in time taken to lift the heavy billets.
They since have found use for the magnet loading/unloading raw materials from delivery trucks, again increasing their productivity while improving their WHS standard.
The Magswitch MLAY1000x4 is available for purchase from MSA Magnetics. Call (02) 4272 8180 or visit the MLAY1000x4 page on our website to find out more.
Large & heavy-weighted cables have become a safety concern in many surgical & medical rooms.
Last year, MSA Magnetics sold a number of Cable-Mates to an operating theatre in the Hunter Region, NSW. They attached these to their laparoscopic towers, instrument carts & trolleys which are now used to hold their cables & power leads securely out of harm’s way.
Graham Cutler, the Nurse Unit Manager of John Hunter Hospital says he “chanced on this product whilst looking for a product to hold onto cables & power leads in the operating theatres. The MSA Cable-Mate is well suited to the healthcare environment as it can be placed on most laparoscopic towers and cleaned to meet infection control guidelines. Highly recommended product”.
Cords, cables & hoses are a major OH&S concern, causing many workplace injuries. According to OSHA, most general industry incidents involve slips, trips, and falls. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The Cable-Mate has been proven to help create a safer workplace area & are perfect for storing & handling electrical cables, leads, hoses & wires in a practical position.
Cutler also says that “MSA’s level of customer service is excellent – they have responded to requests & questions quickly & efficiently in a very professional manner”.
The Patented System is available in Australia, New Zealand & North America.